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In March 2020, Kirk's Canine Academy are delighted to be bringing Kay Attwood's Cognitive Skills workshop to Wales for the first time!


How cool would it be to teach your dog to read? Or to count? 


Cognitive development is the ability to think and understand. It is the part of the brain responsible for problem solving, processing information, conceptual learning, perceptual skills, memory, creativity and brain development using cognitive psychology. 


This isn't just any old ‘Match and Sample’ workshop. We’ll be concentrating on Visual, Audial, Scent and Sensory skills, to really stretch you and your dogs ability to work as a team and problem solve. There are many games that can be played using cognitive skills, using memory skills and much more! 


We will be working with targeting via feet or nose, indication signals for when the dog has found what we’re looking for and indicates it to the handler, and discrimination skills (visual, sensual, scent and audial) as in ‘it’s not that one, or that one but THIS one’!


Watch an example of this training in action here.


Who is Kay Attwood?

Kay is a certified Victoria Stillwell dog trainer and mentor, as well as a full member of the Pet Professional Guild, PPG webinar presenter and a member of the committee for the Registration Council for Dog trainers and Behaviourists. She is also a Gold member of the Academy of Dog Trainers and Behaviour and a Gold ADTB assessor and founder member of D.O.G Local. 
In 2018, Kay won the prestigious KCAI Dog Trainer of the Year award, and she also can boast of successful sales of her Platform Training DVD, with other books for cognition in the pipeline. She has built her Kay9 brand throughout the UK, delivering workshops and lectures within the dog training industry at a high standard. She is the only trainer in the UK that currently presents Platform and Cognition workshops and lectures to both members of the public and dog training professionals throughout the World. She continues to add niche subjects to her repertoire, resulting in a full diary and waiting list for tickets. Kay uses only force-free methods involving no pressure, pain or intimidation and adheres to a strict Code of Conduct at all times. Her tag line is ‘I like to train with the brain – not pain’!



This workshop is for dogs over 8 months of age (due to brain development), and whilst some prior targeting skills would be useful, they are by no means essential. It is also suitable for trainers and pet dog owners alike, provided you are familiar with marking behaviour whether by clicker or verbally. 


Cognitive Skills Workshop With Kay Attwood

Please pick an option
  • When - Sunday 29th March 10.00am - 16.00pm

    Where - Hengwrt Community Sports Hall, Llansawel Cres, Neath SA11 2UW

    What's Included - attendance of the course and all applicable course materials, and refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch.

    Cost - Handler places cost £125 and are limited to ensure the quality of the workshop training - they WILL sell out fast!
    Spectator slots are available for just £55.